As you are reading this, get off your seat (I assume you are sitting) and drop into a squat with feet flat on the floor, now stay there for 5 minutes.
Humans were designed for movement. Movement is ancient. Hiking, running, dancing, squatting, climbing, throwing, these are all movements our bodies are built for.
Mobility is the most critical piece of the programming. One more time, mobility is the most important piece of the programming. When I say “mobility”, I do not mean the 5 minutes before class that you unintentionally roll around on the foam roller. I am speaking to finding your weakness in range of motion and being disciplined in addressing them. Before you pull the trigger on me and say “But, Sara, well, what about strength training, endurance, gymnastics, and all the other foundational movements of CrossFit? Yes, those are critical and we should be keeping things varied. It is not just about how strong you are, but how strong are you in good positions? How efficient are you in endurance so it doesn’t affect your cardiovascular system aka your heart! But, for me, functional movement at its core comes down to mobility. It is the meat and potatoes of CrossFit, and I would argue, of life.
I am so passionate about this topic, because for me, mobility and getting into certain positions (mainly squatting) was a HUGE limiting factor. It is something that I still manage and is a challenge for me. I believe to my bones, that if people focused more on moving well and getting into better positions, there would be far less injuries and much more longevity of life and in the sport. You may have to strip your ego a little and re-educate your muscles in different positions, but trust me, it will pay off.
With most of our population being desk jockeys and being involved in sitting hours of the day, our hips, core, legs, shoulders, chest and pretty much our entire body can become tight and having a huge impact on mobility.
This next week, I challenge you to take 10 minutes of your day…10, that is it and dedicated it to movement. Just get on the floor with your kids, or stay after and grab a coach for some direction!